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Title:Regional poverty and income inequality in Central and Eastern Europe PDF Logo
Authors:Förster, Michael
Jesuit, David
Smeeding, Timothy
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2003/65
Abstract:This paper reports levels of income inequality and poverty in four Central and Eastern European countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia. Unlike many previous researchers who examine transition economies, we aggregate the detailed individual-level income surveys made available through the efforts of the Luxembourg Income Study at the regional level of analysis. Although national-level investigations have contributed much to our understanding of the income distribution dynamics, these studies mask intracountry variance in levels of income inequality and thus may not capture the true distribution of household income and accurately reflect individual wellbeing. Accordingly, we compute summary measures of inequality and relative poverty rates, using both local and national relative poverty lines, for the most recent waves of data available.
Subjects:poverty
income inequality
regions
Central and Eastern Europe
JEL:I3
O52
P36
R11
R12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Discussion Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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